Candidate Unhappy Over IPTV Gubernatorial Debate Exclusion

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JOHNSTON, Iowa – Iowa Public Television could face a lawsuit over its upcoming debate involving the candidates for governor.

At this point only Republican nominee Terry Branstad and Democratic nominee Jack Hatch are invited to take part in the debate.

Despite being on the ballot, libertarian candidate Dr. Lee Hieb isn’t being allowed to participate.

She commented about IPTV’s decision on its website saying, “well let’s take the “public” out of Iowa Public TV. It’s official. I’m excluded from the governor debate.”

Hieb also says a law firm is looking into the legalities of IPTV’s decision.

IPTV says Heib hasn’t met their criteria to take part in the debate.

Among the requirements, the candidate must take a position on at least three issues, has raised at least $50,000 in campaign funds and appeared in at least five news stories.

Take a look at the criteria here.

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